Recovery from drug addiction is a difficult process. Many individuals view drug and alcohol addiction as a pervasive and permanent problem. The illusion of the pervasive nature of addiction has led many addicts to suffer for many years and in some cases, lose their life.
Millions of people all over the world have found solutions to this seemingly hopeless problem. Throughout the years, patterns of success have been noted in the addiction recovery field. The most successful of these are detox, residential treatment and 12-step programs.
Medical Detoxification has been shown to be an effective method of safely ridding the body of chemicals an individual has become dependent upon. In some cases, the withdrawal symptoms of certain drugs can be extremely uncomfortable, painful and even fatal.
Undergoing medical detoxification ensures an easier, safer withdrawal process. Reports indicate that the suffering addicts experience while going through the detox process alone can lead to continued use in hopes of negating withdrawal symptoms. Many treatment facilities offer detox programs as part of the program but detox specific clinics exist for addicted individuals who do not wish to stay in long-term treatment.
Another popular option to begin drug and alcohol recovery is residential treatment. Many types of residential treatment centers exist where a person struggling with alcohol or drug addiction reside for various lengths of time to receive treatment.
The cost of residential facilities differ greatly. Some facilities are state or privately funded and offer addiction treatment at no cost. At the other end of the spectrum, luxury rehabilitation centers offer several amenities and can cost several thousand dollars. Some treatment centers accept health insurance depending on the facility.
The length of stay at a facility depends on both the individual and the treatment center. Generally, the length of stay at residential treatment centers ranges from one month to over a year. The amount of time someone spends at a treatment facility is decided on a case-by-case basis.
The types of services offered at a residential treatment center differ by facility.
Services Commonly Offered
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Relapse prevention
- Introspective work
- Physical activities
- Family program
- Introduction to 12-step and other recovery programs
12-step programs are modeled after the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and have expanded to assist individuals recovery from other drug and behavioral addictions. The 12-step model has proven to be the most successful model for achieving long-term sobriety. Because of the success of these programs, treatment centers typically include the 12-step model into their treatment plan.